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Children’s & Family Events

Instinctively Wild outdoor and bushcraft activities are a chance for children and families to have fun in the fresh air, and rediscover their inner Ray Mears!

All our activities are based on the Forest School ethos, and run by trained and experienced leaders.

Activities depend on the time of year, and take place at various locations around the country.

Children’s Holiday Activities

children's outdoor holiday activities

Eco-Kids tree climbing

Join Instinctively Wild’s popular Eco-Kidz sessions in East Lothian to learn how to build a shelter, gather wild food, make string from nettles, cook on a campfire, use tools. Get to know the woodland using your different senses, hunt for mini beasts, play games, identify trees and flowers…and discover your wild side!

Aimed at 8-14 year-olds, Eco-Kidz is a fun way for children to learn about the environment through hands-on outdoor learning, bushcraft and environmental education. Sessions are delivered by our trained Forest Schools and bushcraft leaders. The day is 9-5pm for the children.

Cost: £30 per child, per day/ £110 for the week (4 days).

When you book, you will be sent a parental consent form and booklet with kit list, dates, behaviour management, terms and conditions.

We are running two weeks at Yellowcraigs this summer (2017):

  • 31st -3rd August
  • 7th – 10th August

We are taking bookings now. Get in touch with Pete

For a bookings update, click here.


children's eco-themed parties

Children’s party

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Children’s Parties

For birthdays and celebrations, we run Instinctively Wild parties with a bushcraft and survival theme for children aged 8-14 (maximum number: 12).

Learn to light a fire and cook on it, build a shelter, make bows and arrows, create natural string, get muddy, and have loads of fun!

Our children’s bushcraft parties take place in woodlands in the Lothians or Borders:


Preston Grange (25 mins from central Edinburgh),


Yellowcraigs (43 mins from central Edinburgh)


South Park Woods, Peebles (54 mins from central Edinburgh),

Wooplaw (53 mins from central Edinburgh).

*For those clients from the Borders – we have use of a wide range of woodlands across the region from Peebles to Eyemouth. The sites listed above are the nearest ones from Edinburgh and the Lothians.

We do not own or lease any woodland ourselves, instead we get permission to use either community, council or privately owned woodland for activities. To find out about use of woodlands that are close to your locality would require further research and the landowners permission, which would result in increased party costs. Our core costs are not grant funded, we are only able to generate an income from actual projects.

Costs: £260 for three hours. Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

We have a high staffing ratio on our projects. Typically 1:1 when using tools, 1:3 with fires, normally there is two Level 3 Forest Schools practitioners and several volunteers on a project. For a group of twelve children there would be four adults. The cost reflects the staffing ratios and our attention to detail.

The cost only includes hot chocolate, marshmallows and the resources needed, it does not include the cost of a cake, party food, invites or any extra in terms of party bags etc.

In our experience three hours just whizzes by, so we offer the choice of a main activity in advance. This is so we can properly prepare for the activities and make best use of the time for all concerned. The choice of main activities are:

  • 5 min fires with fire steels (actually takes about 1.5hrs to do properly) – cooking sticky dough.
  • Bows and arrows
  • Shelter building
  • Tool usage – making kazoos , staffs, mallets
  • or clients request.

In and around this we play lots of wide/environmental games, finishing with a sit round a camp fire with parents, cake and friends.

festival activities for children

Children’s festival fun

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Festival Workshops & Events

Looking for trained facilitators to run eco activities or natural play sessions at summer festivals? In recent years, Instinctively Wild has been commissioned to run events at Lennoxlove Book Festival, Archerfield Walled Garden and SOLAS, and in 2014/5, we are once again taking part in Greenbelt.

We offer workshops and activities suitable for children and adults, including environmental art, make and take, natural play, storytelling and crafts. Please get in touch to discuss your festival needs.

‘Thank you ever so much for all you did to contribute to Greenbelt 2011 – the feedback we have had has been amazing, both on site from people, and also via email to the Greenbelt Office.All of the natural art looked wonderful!’ Alice Marie-Parker, Children’s Festival Organiser, Greenbelt

Now it’s your turn!

Contact us today to find out about our children's, family and festival events.

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